Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Inspiration - Digging Deep

Today, I am inspired by the amazing experience I had this weekend at Creative Dig in Cleveland at Terra Vista Studios. It was such a wonderful experience and I will be sharing tidbits here throughout the week.

First of all, the studio space itself was AMAZING and I found myself drooling with envy!

The day was covered in three segments: Writing with Christine Claire Reed (aka The BlissChick), Art Journaling with Connie Hozvicka (of Dirty Footprints Studio), and pinch pot clay portraits with Andrea LeBlond (of Terra Vista Studios).

So what specifically inspired me throughout the day? My gosh, where to start?!

Writing Your Shiniest Story:
Christine led a wonderful session! So many great writing prompts, insights, and tasty yoga tidbits. The group of women I shared my time with were warm, receptive and so open to share their writing. It was amazing what I found myself actually stating out loud! Here are few things that poured into my journal that really surprised me... (prompts in italics)

If there was nothing to fear and nothing to which I feel obligated, I would begin new work constantly and sometimes not finish it...
I wish my body were capable of healing itself and could regenerate body parts. (!)
Taking care of myself would mean saying NO to situations that require too much of me.
My creativity is limited by my desire to be popular (that one rocked me a bit).
I feel most creative when I play.

Thank you Christine for helping me to uncover so much of my story!

Painting and the Art Journal:
Connie was a joy to learn from. I have never kept an art journal, but I know that after my experience on Saturday, it is going to become a regular part of my creative life. More in depth on this later this week. But check out all the awesome supplies on the table next to my journal. Thank you Connie for sharing so much!

Pinch-pot Portraits

Working with clay for the first time in years was a joyful, therapeutic experience. Andrea was great instructor who made the task of building a portrait out of clay anything but scary! (Well, the way the face took shape was kind of creepy.) My sculpture started as self-portrait but ended up looking rather masculine but fae. With Andrea's suggestion, he became a sort of semi-green man/fairy muse. Thank you Andrea for a fun way to round up the day!

My intention for the day was to break through my creative blockades, self-imposed expectations and artistic preconceptions and to embrace my artistic self fully... The energy, support and guidance I experienced on Saturday helped me to find this side of myself again! Now look out because I have a lot of art to explore.


Connie said...

That is so awesome what you learned about yourself and your creativity!!! I am so happy that you were a part of this great experience.

Lots of love.

Peace & Love.

Ian Oliphant said...

sounds like a great experience!

Anonymous said...


Glad you got so much insight from the writing and I look forward to seeing/hearing/reading where else that might take you.

Above all, though, it was such a special honor to meet you in person.

If I start actually stalking Mr. Neil, I'll make sure to include you in my evil plans! :)

Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

I love the sculpture!!!
Have you worked a lot in 3D before?
Everything sounds like so much fun!

Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

p.s. Duh - you said "for the first time in years". But perhaps you've worked with papier mache or something else? Anyway, love that face.

Karen Faulkner said...

This sounds wonderful!! Stretching yourself creatively is a good thing and my main goal for October and November.

Heather Plett said...

It was fun sharing the day with you!

WrightStuff said...

Ooh, I'm so jealous. I've been reading about the Creative Dig for weeks on websites I follow and would have loved to go - bit of a long way and a touch expensive from the UK though! Nice to read your account of the day, sounds like it has given you plenty of inspiration so look forward to seeing some outputs featured on your blog!

Jennifer Hayes Hugon said...

Thank you to everyone for the comments!

Maria-Thérèse, the only sculptural thing I've done in awhile is the needle felting. But, after this day, I'm tempted to try more!

WrightStuff, it's too bad overseas travel is so expensive! We would have loved to enjoy your company!

Karen, I'm right there with ya! It can be so tough to break ourselves out of the creative boxes we put ourselves in. Great goal!

Christine... I will be right there with ya! mwahaha. ;)